Severo Martinez Pelaez. Translated by Susan M. Neve and W. George Lovell. George Lovell and Christopher H. Lutz eds.

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Editor s : W. George Lovell , Christopher H. Translator s : Susan M. Neve , W. George Lovell. He contends that since labor is needed to make land productive, the exploitation of labor, particularly Indian labor, was a necessary complement to criollo appropriation. His depiction of colonial reality is bleak, and his portrayal of Spanish and criollo behavior toward Indians unrelenting in its emphasis on cruelty and oppression.

An extensive introduction situates La Patria del Criollo in historical context and relates it to contemporary issues and debates. The result is a great read, thanks to Lovell, Lutz, and Neve, that will allow English-speaking readers reflect on how landed elites use economic and institutional instruments to oppress peasantries, as well as the potential for historical analysis to offer more equitable futures. With this edition, new generations of students and scholars can appreciate the impact of the original work.

Schwaller, Ethnohistory. Most of the summaries and abridgements are judicious. Moreover, a complete translation could not have found an English language publisher and the lengthy footnotes in the Spanish original can be consulted there. The Spanish version is wordy and contains numerous recapitulations and asides. Neve and W. George Lovell have done an excellent job with the translation, rendering the text into natural and enjoyable English. For this reason, then, as well as for the importance and drama of Guatemalan history across this same century, the English edition of this book is both welcome and long overdue.

Mallon, American Historical Review. Its translation and publication in English will prove propitious if it encourages a new generation of scholars to revisit his vigorous assertions. In addition to the translated text, editors Lovell and Christopher H. Lutz include a useful introduction providing readers unfamiliar with La Patria or its author an understanding of the man as well as the era in which he lived.

Graduate students and faculty alike will find value in this work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. Davis, Choice. Severo Martinez's masterpiece has played a significant role in shaping Guatemalan national and even Latin American regional politics for almost 40 years. It is a profound analysis of the social and political structures that were established during the Spanish colonial period, factors that led to the concentration of power, both economic and poltical, in very few hands.

First published in , it was well ahead of its time in its subtle analysis of both social relations and the worldview of colonial elites, the criollos of the title. Susan M. Neve, a translator specializing in Spanish language and literature, teaches at City University and the University of Westminster in London. Christopher H. Bk Cover Image Full. Sign In. Search Cart. Search for:. Book Pages: Illustrations: 1 map, 1 figure Published: May Lutz Translator s : Susan M.

He maintains that economic circumstances that assure prosperity for a few and deprivation for the majority were altered neither by independence in nor by liberal reform following The few in question are an elite group of criollos, people of Spanish descent born in Guatemala; the majority are predominantly Maya Indians, whose impoverishment is shared by many mixed-race Guatemalans.

Davis, Choice "English-speaking social science scholars should highly value the English edition of La Patria del Criollo: An Intepretation of Colonial Guatemala , which explains with precision why Latin America still exhibits today the deepest social and economic inequity in the world.

Paperback Cloth. Availability: In stock. Add to cart. Open Access. Request a desk or exam copy. Table of Contents Back to Top. Acknowledgments ix Introduction xiii Chronology of Events xlvii Preamble 1 1. Criollos 7 2. Two Spains 1 27 3. Two Spains 2 54 4. Land of Miracles 75 5. Indians 6. Race Mixture and the Middle Strata 7. Class Dynamics and the Middle Strata 8.

Life in Indian Towns 9. Rights Back to Top. Awards Back to Top. Additional Information Back to Top. Publicity material Bk Cover Image Full. Also Viewed. Visualizing Fascism. Crossing Empires. How to Make Art at the End of the World. Listening to Images. The Intimacies of Four Continents.

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La Patria del Criollo: An Interpretation of Colonial Guatemala

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La Patria del Criollo

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